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Dr Sonja Andrew - research

Research interests

Crossing the disciplines of design, semiotics and narratology, Sonja employs the creative design process as a mode of research inquiry. Her current research focuses on:

Textile semantics and semiotics: exploring multi-modality through visual and tactile communication on cloth.
The relationship between perception, place and memory in interpretations of visual narrative.
A sustainable interface between textiles and paper to create new materials for design applications.
 
She has published in a range of art and design journals, and two book chapters ‘Perspectives on Making and Viewing: Generating Meaning through the Textile Medium’ and ‘Dichotomies in Textile Making: Employing Technology and Retaining Authenticity’ are due for publication in 2016. She is also editor for the conference publications ‘At the Edge: Extending Textile Boundaries’, ‘Colour Story’ and ‘Textile Identities’.  
 
Sonja exhibits internationally, with designs jury selected by peer review for exhibitions in  Belgium, Portugal, Ukraine, South Korea, Lithuania and the UK. In 2014 the Arts and Humanities Research Council selected her work on textile semantics and visual narrative for an Image Gallery Award and publication in their centennial book ‘Beyond The Trenches, Researching the First World War’. Her commissioned work includes pieces for the United Bristol Healthcare Trust and Wells Cathedral, and her designs are featured in ‘Textiles, The Art of Mankind’, a global review of prominent contemporary textile practice. In 2016 Sonja was invited by Adidas to give a presentation on her research and run workshops for their Creative Diretion team in Germany.

 

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